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Inspiring the Next Generation of Leaders

From the 15th to 17th of January 2019, four students from the ALX Launchpad (a leadership accelerator program) joined BRCK to get a feel of how the company operates. Each of the students shadowed an employee of BRCK based on their career preferences and they had the following to say during their short stint at … read more

The Case for Connectivity (part 2)

(Part 1 here) I’ve argued before, alongside others, that the main inhibitor of ubiquitous and perpetual internet connectivity at a global level isn’t a technology problem, it’s a business model problem. Mostly the tech exists to put the signal everywhere. What we overlook when we say this is, that while that is true, it’s unsavory … read more

The Case for Connectivity (part 1)

As with most CEOs of younger companies, I find myself on the investment raising treadmill. Doing so for a company focused on internet connectivity in frontier markets provides an extra layer of complexity, since it’s not a sexy of a proposition as a new app for ecommerce, agtech, fintech, etc might be. Those are easier … read more

Reflecting on 5 Years of BRCK

It was 5 years ago that we created BRCK as a company, and I’ve had the great joy of being on a journey with some fantastic people, including the three here with me in this picture (Reg Orton, Emmanuel Kala, and Philip Walton). We had an idea of what we were getting into back in … read more

Why Silicon Valley should pay more attention to the Great Rift Valley (and other places in Africa)

This is a guest post by Philip Smart, a UNC-Chapel Hill student from the US, sharing his takeaways from a summer in Africa interning for BRCK. BRCK is a disruptive Kenyan startup with a mission to connect Africa to the Internet. Central to the company’s mission is building technology for Africans by Africans—this poster hangs … read more

DESIGN INDABA- OF FLEAS AND LIONS

I recently had an opportunity to represent BRCK in the largest design conference in the world, Design Indaba. In the conference I had a chance to represent BRCK’s work, but perharps more importantly, what the work represents in relation to a wider African perspective. Africa has for the longest time endured a perspective and narratives … read more

PicoBRCK for WASH – UNHCR, Dadaab Refugee Complex

There is never a dull moment when the BRCK engineering team goes out for a field trip to test out new tech. The experience and victories gained are always priceless. This time the team set out to the world’s largest refugee complexabout 90km back from the Kenya-Somalia border. The mission, as we had chosen to … read more

Furahiday at BRCK

If you ask me, Furahiday is one of the best days for me here at BRCK. It is a day where everyone gets a hands-on experience with users of the Moja Free WiFi out in the field. This is a learning experience for many of us. This quarter’s aim was to interact with users, commuters, … read more